"Because of the cartoon style and the disaffected moods of [Brian Calvin's] subjects, this Los Angeles-based artist has been called a slacker. The label is wrong, though, because he pays assiduous attention to the formal dimensions of his medium. The way he flattens, simplifies and crops his figures and their Southern California backgrounds and his use of richly saturated colors has earned him comparison with Alex Katz and David Hockney. It does appear that he is at once emulating and parodying those painters, and the effect is amusing."
'Art In Review: Brian Calvin', The New York Times, September 2004, online